06/25/2014 02:06 pm ET Updated Jun 25, 2014

8 Ways To Throw A Memorable Wedding For Less

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With the busy June wedding season drawing to a close, it's time for couples looking to marry next year to get going. To jump start your planning, check out these novel ideas from savvy insiders.

Couples spend nearly $30,000 on average to get married in the U.S., according to In this three-part series, we asked in-the-know wedding bloggers to share their best ideas for throwing a great party on a budget. Up first today: the place, which is your single biggest expense (typically about half of the budget). Coming tomorrow and Friday: Food and drink, and the all-important dress.

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